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Women's Hair Loss

It has always been a common thing to see guys losing their hair, going bald, or having receding hairlines. For some this might be a matter of making fun of and to ridicule but it is a serious matter. Women must not be so calm about it also because these days women’s hair loss is becoming more evident. For a woman, hair is one important matter. It would not be called one’s “crowning glory” if it were not. So losing that could really be a cause for panicking or despair. So if you have hair loss and you are looking towards using products targeted for men’s hair loss, this may not be good for you. It is because the causes of hair loss in women may be quiet dissimilar from that of men.

One of the many hair loss causes in women is the interruption of the growth cycle of the hair. The growth phase of a person’s hair is said to be 2 to 6 years growing at about ½ inch per month. After about 6 years, the hair will have a “rest” period then starts falling out and the follicle will then again grow new hair.

Unfortunately for some people, men especially those who are genetically inclined towards hair loss, some hormones could interrupt this cycle. The natural process could be interrupted by hormones called androgens. But for women androgenic alopecia, a medical condition causing hair loss may not be the reason. Other factors are said to be at work for interrupting the growth cycle of a woman’s hair.

Female hair loss was always thought of before as caused by the same factors as hair loss in men. But now however, scientists are finding more and more evidence that this is not so. For one, while men lose their hair when they are genetically predisposed to it and while they age, hair loss in women can happen at any time of her life. She may be young, middle aged, or old when she starts losing hair. Dissimilarity between hair loss in women and men is that men tend to lose hair around their back’s bald spot, crown and temple. Women however lose hair in a diffused manner, which goes around the head’s whole top. Therefore it is said that different blockers and hormone receptors as well as various enzymes may be causing hair loss in women.

Another of several hair loss causes in women is the condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome. This is a hormonal problem that is commonly suffered by most women. The obvious sign for this condition, in fact the only obvious one, is hair loss in women. Less dramatic hair loss can also be caused by autoimmune disorders. Yet another cause for women’s hair loss is temporary hair shedding which is also called telogen effluvium which usually occurs after traumatic emotional events, surgery, crash dieting, and childbirth. Some chronic illnesses, anemia, and thyroid disorders may also cause women’s hair loss. A correct diagnosis of the problem is certainly important for finding a solution.